The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 66

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 66 covers Jack’s recent growth spurt, Lu’s early mornings and a few thoughts on the children’s books If You Give A Mouse A Cookie and In The Night Kitchen.

Fisher-Price Newborn Rock n' Play Sleeper

I can’t believe I haven’t written about the Fisher-Price Newborn Rock n’ Play Sleeper before here on the blog! It’s a great bed-side sleeper for infants and is also super portable and can be folded up during the day if you’re tight on space like we are. It gets the Pop Poppa Seal of Approval even though I didn’t say it int the episode!

Do your kids like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond and Maurice Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen? Also, the animated Sendak DVD I mentioned is called Where the Wild Things Are and Other Maurice Sendak Stories.

While talking about the cartoon I can’t remember all the way, I called it Nintendo instead of Nickelodeon. Woops!

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 61

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 61 covers Jack’s first cold, the ups and downs of potty training and our switch from reusable cloth diapers to disposables for the time being. This one’s a bit scatterbrained because Jack was sitting next to me and not the best co-host.


If you’re interested in checking out the NoseFrida, you can head to their website or grab one on Amazon via this link. I thought it was the silliest thing around when we first got it, but it works like a charm.cloth diaper rolled and half unfolded

I went into more detail about what the reusable newborn diapers are like in a post from a few years back.

Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises gets more interesting, right?

A few of the toys we grabbed from storage include the Skwish, Sophie and a variety of rattles.

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 26

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Thanks for your patience once again regarding this holiday-belated episode of The Pop Poppa Nap Cast. The 26th episode covers the Labor Day Weekend, taking care of house business and my thoughts on gender and how niceness comes into play.

You can read Catherine Newman’s complete article, titled “I Do Not Want My Daughter To Be ‘Nice'” over on The New York Times sitemagic trackpad

Apple’s Magic Trackpad earned the Pop Poppa Seal Of Approval this week. As an added piece of goodness, I used this bad boy to help while recording and editing the episode. The-League-Kevin and ellie

Finally, here’s Kevin MacArthur (Steve Rannazzisi) with his daughter Ellie from The League also known as this episode’s Pop Poppa Of The Week.

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 23

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The 23rd episode of The Pop Poppa Nap Cast deals with keys, phones, potties and more!


Above you can see my keys and the dog leash swivel clip I was talking about. Like I said, any clip-type key chain will work!

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Lu thought THIS guy was Superman! I’m gonna have my work cut out for me with this kid.

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If you have a kid at potty training age who also likes Elmo and Sesame Street, do yourself a favor and buy Sesame Street – Elmo’s Potty Time.


This week the Board Book Photo Album – Black gets the Pop Poppa Seal of Approval!

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And congrats to Elmo’s dad for earning the Pop Poppa Of The Week!

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 20

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“Frustrating” is the word of the day when it comes to The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 20 thanks to a disinterest in swim class, even less in potty training and a strong desire to wake up at 7AM every morning.

The swimmie thing I mentioned is actually the Stearns Deluxe Puddle Jumper 30-50 lbs. Unlike the one pictured in that link, Lu’s has a zebra on it.

Get your own copy of the Wreck-It Ralph (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) and/or Meet the Robinsons [Blu-ray] by following that links.

Before I started watching it several times a week, I reviewed Toy Story 3 on

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Lu’s potty seat is more known as the Mommy’s Helper Contoured Cushie Step Up.

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The recipient of this week’s Pop Poppa Seal Of Approval is more specifically called the Copco 0-62009 Medium Bag Cap – Orange.

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The Pop Poppa Of The Week is Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentacost from Pacific Rim pictured above. To read my full review of the film, head on over to

The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 20

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Pop Poppa Product Review: BooginHead’s SplatMat

As our little Lu continues to get more interested in getting directly involved in the feeding process, the messier things can get. Her lunch tends to consist of black beans and then another frozen thing like pears or sweet potatoes. She likes the beans because she can pick them up and pop them in her mouth. She’s also getting more interested in using her own spoon, though she doesn’t always hit her mouth.

My wife saw the potential for food to start flying and purchased a SplatMat from BooginHead. This is essentially a 52-inch round piece of Phthalate and BPA-free plastic that you just lay down under the kid’s eating area to catch anything the little darlings drop. It’s easy to fold up and you just need to spray it down and let dry if you have a particularly messy meal.

My comic book loving brain wishes the thing was cool, like it automatically folds and unfolds itself with the touch of a button, but if that did exist, it’d probably be a lot more expensive than the SplatMat’s $20 price tag. I don’t know if my wife bought this from the site itself (follow the above link to buy directly from BooginHead) or from one of her baby deal sites, but I’d say it’s a smart purchase especially if you have carpeted floors in the eating area.

Pop Poppa Product Review: BosoBuddies

I’ve talked about our travel system before and it’s still doing well by us, though Lucy’s getting bigger and we have to switch out car seats soon. However, before moving on to our next car seats, I wanted to bestow the virtues of a little product called BosoBuddies that you can buy on etsy. If you’re like me, you go out with your kid a lot alone and it can be a pain in the butt keeping the car seat straps out from under them when you’re situating them. I tried sliding the metal clip part under a plastic thing on the side of the seat, but that only worked about a quarter of the time on one–never both–straps.

Enter the BosoBuddies. It’s a simple design, but it has made all of our car trips that much easier just by it’s very existence. See, the button part you see in the above picture is attached to a stretchy cord that you loop through to attach onto your car seat handle. The other other end of the cord has the ribbon as well as it’s own loop. So, what you do, is, when you undo the car seat, you wrap the ribbon end around the strap and put the loop over the button so it stays. Simple as that. Pull the tab and you’re undone and ready to pop the kid back in the seat. It sounds a little complicated and when my wife first explained it to me, I told her not to bother, but after weeks of frustration with the straps, I asked her to pick some up the next time they appeared on one of her deal sites (a post about those is coming soon). If you’re wonder, we have the Orange Flower w/ MultiColor Stripe Ribbon version.

Much like the Itzbeen, I assumed I wouldn’t need something that performs such a simple task, but was proven wrong by the day to day experience of watching and raising a child. However, you can learn from my initial lack of interest, pick up your own set of BosoBuddies and avoid all kinds of frustration! I would even recommend paying the full $15 if they don’t show up on deal sites, they’re worth that and more.

Pop Poppa Product Review: Balboa Baby Shopping Cart & High Chair Cover

Back before Lucy was born, I was cleaning up her room, opening some of the gifts we had received and trying to find places for them. The Balboa Baby Shopping Cart & High Chair Cover was one of the more confusing of the bunch. See, it’s kind of like a Popple in that the cover actually folds up into itself into a kind of oblong football. At the time, I got frustrated in about one minute and tossed the thing aside.But now, it’s a huge part of pretty much any trip my wife and/or I take with the baby. See, the idea is that you unfold the Popple and place it inside a shopping cart or high chair so that the baby not only has more support but also isn’t touching the same thing that hundreds of other kids have touched. Once Lu started sitting up pretty well on her own, we were able to start using it and it has been a wonderful addition to our trips to the grocery store and restaurants. I’ve got a variation on the Balboa that I keep in my car (the Balboa stays in my wife’s) and it’s good, but not nearly as simple or compact. The only problem? They’re pretty expensive at $45.83 on Amazon with the one I got from Target running about $20 0r so. Is the Balboa worth the extra $30? Hmm, probably not if it’s coming out of your own pocket. However, I highly recommend putting one on your baby registry and hope that someone with bucks hooks you up!

Baby’s First Comic Con

As I wrote about yesterday, my wife and I went down to the New York Comic Con last Sunday and took our darling daughter with us. Em’s been down twice before, but the first time she was pretty sick and the second time she was pregnant, but overall, I think she got the gist of the event: lots of lookeeloos wandering around aimlessly, sometimes dangerously so, who are just as likely to smell your hair (actually happened to her) as they are to bonk into you with their giant hammer (happened to me). Knowing the general vibe of the area, plus the huge numbers that had already been there that weekend (the above picture is from Saturday) and the high noise level that comes from all those people, I was pretty worried about taking Lucy down with us. Like ready to call the whole thing off, nervous. I had seen people with babies at the show, but most of them were obnoxiously pushing their kids in strollers, but my wife thought it would be fine because she just got an Ergo Baby Carrier. Plus, she had made plans with a friend for lunch and I had been telling everyone that Lu was coming down, so we went with it. The trip started off with her first train ride, which she mostly slept through, even when we had to unexpectedly transfer trains. She then went on her first cab ride, which my wife did some research on because we weren’t sure about car seat laws in cabs. In New York City, it’s legal to be in a cab with your baby not in a car seat. Em still had Lucy in the carrier and kept her hand firmly on the strap. It helped that we didn’t wind up going more than 20 MPH at any time on our trip from Grand Central to the Javits center. Getting into the show itself wasn’t so bad. One of the benefits of a press pass is that you can mostly go where you need to and don’t have to wait in lines to get into the show. It also helped that the awesome CBR Tiki Room was up and away from everything else, so we could go up there, change the baby in one of the hallways and get ready before heading on to the show floor to introduce Lu to some of my friends. I should explain that I used to work with a lot of amazing people at Wizard, many of whom have moved to other states to continue working in comics or just to get away completely (or move back home in some cases). So, this show can be like a reunion for us and this is the first time most of them have been around to meet the baby.

Walking the show floor was pretty bad. I mean, it was cramped and crowded and vaguely foot-smelling the day before, but the day before I didn’t have a baby and a wife to watch out for. My poppa bear levels were up to eleven and I almost tore a kid’s head off for stopping right in front of my wife and daughter so he could take a picture of someone in a costume. I used to be the kind of guy that would say “I almost tore his head off” but being a dad changes things. My wife calmed me down and we moved on to show off our little bundle of joy. I had to go cover a panel for about an hour (longer if you count waiting in line, I’m not super impressed with how they handle press at these things, but more about that over on UnitedMonkee) so Em and Lu were on their own. After the panel we met back up, tried to find a few more people, said a few hellos and then bolted for lunch. All in all it was a fine experience, but one that definitely had me overly hyped up. I mean, that’s my job, right? To protect my family? I know I’m not fighting off a dinosaur with a bone or anything, but I did see a few people in dino costumes that I didn’t want bumping into me, my wife or my kid. I’m sure that feeling with chillax a little bit over time, but it’s still in my head a lot and will be for a while (probably forever, really).

I really wish I had taken a picture or two of her on the show floor or even up in the CBR booth, but I just forgot. It was way too crazy on the floor and I really didn’t want to be one of those people who are constantly stopping to take pictures. So, that’s why you have one of the back of her head on an elevator with a guy’s butt in the background. On the other hand, I absolutely love the untrustworthy glance she’s throwing at the cab driver. Always be wary kid, especially in the city!

The Benefits Of A Bigass Stroller

You’d think we were picking out our next car with how much research my wife did when picking out a stroller. This, of course, was back before we actually had the baby and were trying to figure which travel system to buy. If you’re not a parent and just along for the ride on this here blog, a travel system consists of a car seat, stroller and series of bases that you put in your car(s). The idea is that you can put the number of bases you need in various cars, that way you can drop your car seat right in, but you can also take the seat out and drop it into the stroller.

After lots of research, the missus wound up decided on Chicco, one of the bigger brands. Then the decision came down to which color scheme and pattern to get. The problem was that the pieces actually looked different in person than they did on the website. We had narrowed it down to a few different ones–I dismissed one because the yellow looked too much like urine and another because it was just too damn red (and I like red, so that’s saying something). If I’m reading the website correctly we eventually settled on the Miro scheme. It does have yellow, but after seeing it in person, it definitely didn’t look like pee, so they really do look different in person.

We’ve been using this travel system pretty much since Lucy was born in early May, so I’ve had a good deal of experience with it. She doesn’t seem to like the car seat very much, but I think that’s more a matter of her not liking to be confined than anything else. Once she’s in it and driving around, she falls right asleep. The base idea is really ingenious because you don’t have to spend time trying to install and uninstall the whole car seat every time you go anywhere (that would make me want to leave the house with Lucy even less than I already do, which isn’t often). My only problem with the set-up really is that you need to use two hands to get the car seat handle up after locking it down for the car ride and I don’t always have two hands ready for that. Twould be even better if it was voice activated.

The stroller’s great too. It handles well and actually has two different options for different terrains, which made me chuckle. Baby Offroading! But the real benefit of having such a bigass stroller was something I discovered the other day when the three of us went to the mall: you can use the stroller as a shopping cart and no one gets mad at you for taking it out of the store! My wife wound up carrying the baby in a Moby Wrap which works out very well for the two of them. Meanwhile, she put her purse in the cart and as we walked around and made purchases, I was able to toss them into the stroller and push that around instead of carrying everything. It might not look like the manliest thing in the world, but I’m not really worried about that. So, while I didn’t foresee this by any means, I’m a big fan of the stroller’s ability to act as my own personal pack mule in addition to being pretty good at hauling kids. Plus, it doesn’t look like pee, which is another plus.